Why I Love Living in the Number One Place to Live

For the second year in a row, Austin is the number one place to live in the United States of America, and while everyone here is begging for the kudos to quit coming, there appears to be no end in sight. So, why does everyone want to live here?  When it comes to answering that question, there certainly are well-studied reasons why people from every corner of the globe and every decade of a demographic want to live in the Capital City of Texas. However, with any accuracy whatsoever, I can only speak to my own. It’s not the ease

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Mother’s Day Gifts for Every Kind of Mom

Show your Mom some Mother's Day love with an item or two from this fresh list of Mother's Day gifts. Then get ready for a big squuuueeeeeze hug from the one who loves you like nobody else! A Gift for the Mom Who Loves to Be Pampered - at Woodhouse Day Spa A 50-minute Shirodhara at Woodhouse Day Spa. Starting with warm oil gently poured onto her forehead, this massage technique focuses on the scalp from where the tension will all flow away. What mom wouldn't love that kind of luxury? Book here for a Mother's Day package

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What We Did Last Weekend

Have you ever walked into work on a Monday morning and been asked, "How was your weekend?"  And then what's the customary next question? Usually, "What did you do?" (Austin) or "Whadyall do?" (Amarillo) or "Did you study?" (Mother to college son.) Weekends here in Austin are sometimes lazy and laid back, but sometimes packed full, because there's, you know, SO much to see and SO much to do! In case you're wondering how an average couple from the beloved Texas panhandle spends that space between Friday night and Monday morning

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#18 – Job 1:1 In the Land of Uz, There Lived a Man Named Job

Have you ever known someone who is simply beyond criticism? No one finds fault with that person because there's just not any to find? These people aren't perfect, of course, but for the very most part of their day, and inside the greatest percentage of their thoughts, these people exist in in a perpetual place of honor. That was Job. He was above reproach. He was a man so forthright that the Bible uses the word "blameless" to describe his integrity. His honesty qualified him for the unique descriptor of  "upright." Job feared

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22 Ways to Bless a Single Parent

National Single Parent Day affects over 14 million parents in the United States. My daughter is one of them. Single parents are near and dear to my heart. My mom was a single parent to me and my brother before she married my stepdad, and now our daughter is raising the sweetest munchkin on the planet by herself. Nobody wants it that way. It just is what it is. Most single parents are carrying around a heavy load of guilt because they feel like they should have known their marriage was a bad choice, or they did know it and would

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5 Outstanding Places for Patio Dining Near the Capitol

If you're spending a few days in Austin or you're planning your next date night, you might want to check out my list of 5 outstanding places for patio dining near the Capitol.  One of the very best, most wonderful and amazing things about the Texas Hill Country is the ease with which we enjoy dining outside. Morning, noon and night for almost three-fourths of the year, people eat on the patio, on a balcony or on a blanket at a park. People say that's because of the bats. The bats eat the flies. At least that's what they told

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